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NoDak Spud railed iron sight system for the Ruger 10/22

By J.M. Ramos

The world of military small arms development certainly got more exciting as we move toward the third decade of the 21st century. There have been enormous amounts of sophisticated civilian versions of these magnificent battle arms and their bolt-on gadgetries designed primarily for the class or caliber of firearms ranging from cal.22 rimfires to cal.50 BMG and beyond. We have entered an era of “sky is the limit” with no end in sight.

The popularity of rimfire tactical guns is still soaring as the cost of center-fire ammunition has gone up considerably over the years. Secondly, these new generation clones are truly works of art in terms of authenticity and realism, something lacking in the vintage lookalikes of the 80’s. These modern rimfire clones may or may not be equipped with iron sights. However, if they are, normally they are not for precision and basically act as an emergency back-up sight (BUIS) in the event the optic becomes unserviceable. Also, the majority of these models have their front sights mounted on the forearm (AR style guns) and not directly to the barrel, which can result in a less accurate firearm even with the slightest play on the forearm as the front sight can change position each time the gun is fired unless the forearm is rigidly mounted without any play at the front.

While rimfire clones still dominate the tactical gun market due to their sophisticated looks and being able to accept virtually any type of accessories of their big bore counterparts, they also have their shortcomings when compared to the more traditional sporting versions.

Except for those models that incorporate polymer on most of their major components, rimfire clones are heavier due to more metals used in their overall construction, not to mention disassembly time when the gun needs an overhaul. The Ruger 10/22 is considered the frontrunner of any rimfire self-loader and remains unbeaten as the world’s most successful in its class despite the entry of many sophisticated models that challenged its spot over the years. For the 10/22 enthusiasts...

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V21N4 (May 2017)
and was posted online on March 17, 2017

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